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39. Boeing
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Rank: 39 (Previous rank: 36)
CEO: W. James McNerney Jr.
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The Seattle giant seems to have finally gotten past the long-term delays and disruptions it suffered trying to deliver the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 jumbo jet. After what chief executive W. James McNerney Jr. described as a "a long, tough road," the company began ramping up production of the fuel-efficient Dreamliner, the first passenger jet made substantially of lightweight carbon composites. (The 787 -- which promises to fly further, on less fuel -- has had more advance sales than any other aircraft in history.)

Despite global economic turmoil, people kept flying and Boeing was the beneficiary. The firm is making a killing selling aircraft to emerging markets as well as fleets in established markets that are trying to become more efficient or replace older planes. The company had a record number of orders for its 777 as well as the 767, which it sells to the likes of FedEx and the U.S. Air Force. It also scored its largest commercial airplane order ever in a $19 billion deal to sell Southwest Airlines 208 737NG and MAX airplanes. With some $75 billion in new orders for the year, the backlog at Boeing's commercial division grew by $40 billion to an astounding $296 billion. 

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 68,735.0 6.9
Profits 4,018.0 21.5
Assets 79,986.0
Stockholders' equity 3,515.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 55,243.0
Profits as % of  
Revenues 5.8
Assets 5.0
Stockholders' equity 114.3
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 5.34
% change from 2010 20.0
2001-2011 annual growth rate % 4.6
Total return to investors %
2011 15.1
2001-2011 annual rate 8.9
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Boeing 39 68,735.0
2 United Technologies 48 58,190.0
3 Lockheed Martin 58 46,692.0
4 Honeywell International 77 37,059.0
5 General Dynamics 92 32,677.0
6 Northrop Grumman 104 28,058.0
7 Raytheon 117 24,857.0
8 L-3 Communications 174 15,169.0
9 Textron 236 11,275.0
10 Goodrich 319 8,074.9
11 Precision Castparts 387 6,267.2
12 Exelis 422 5,839.0
13 Alliant Techsystems 491 4,842.3
14 Rockwell Collins 496 4,825.0
Issue date: May 21, 2012
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